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Organic Castor Oil the Home Remedy for Many Health Problems

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Sally has been a prolific writer of wet felting tutorials for several years with the occasional foray into literature and much more...

A spoon full of Castor Oil
A spoon full of Castor Oil | Source

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My first contact with Castor Oil was when my doctor asked me to take some prior to the birth of my first child. Fortunately, the Nipper arrived before any inducement was required! The bottle of Castor Oil sat collecting dust on the shelf for many years before it was eventually discarded.

Had I known all the additional benefits associated with Castor Oil then, I might not have thrown it out at all.


Hint this is no longer a popular way to induce labor as Castor Oil can cause Nausea if taken internally.

Castor Oil for Dry Scratchy Eyes

My sister began using Castor Oil for her very dry scratchy eyes at the recommendation of her Ophthalmologist after a botched eye operation. More recently her husband was immobilized with a painful attack of Gout whilst on a visit to the UK. The attack was so severe that he was obliged to consult with a local doctor who was able to prescribe his regular medication so that he could resume his holiday.

On his return home and after another painful episode of Gout, his wife began searching, for a natural cure for his gout. After some research, she discovered that Castor Oil can be applied to the painful area as a poultice. The result she said was nothing short of miraculous.

Items Required to Make a Castor Oil Pack

Hot Water Bottle, Cling Wrap, Castor Oil and Thick Cotton Towel and Thick Cotton Face Cloth
Hot Water Bottle, Cling Wrap, Castor Oil and Thick Cotton Towel and Thick Cotton Face Cloth | Source

Where Can I Buy a Castor Oil Pack?

Heritage Oil Castor Oil Packs can be purchased from Amazon or can be made using several layers of flannel with organic cold pressed castor oil. When placed on the affected area, the pack acts as a poultice which is known to draw out infection / dissolve scars, cysts, and tumors.

How to Make a Castor Oil Pack


1. Use a soft, clean, thick natural material such as flannel, wool, or cotton (organic is best)

2. Organic Castor oil

3. A glass bowl or glass jar to pour the Castor Oil into and / A flannel

4. A hot water bottle or heating pad

Old clothing (Castor oil will stain fabric)

5. A large plastic bag (kitchen or regular garbage bags works well)

6. Cling-wrap

7. A large towel

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Where to Buy Castor Oil in the UK

Castor Oil can be very difficult to find in the United Kingdom. When researching this product I eventually managed to purchase Organic Cold Pressed Castor Oil through Amazon. I was delighted with the product and the also the transaction which was quick and easy.

Always try to buy the best you can afford.

Castor Oil Pack/Instructions


1. Use a soft, clean, thick natural material such as flannel, wool, or cotton

2. Organic Castor oil

3. A glass bowl or glass jar to pour the castor oil into and a flannel

4. A hot water bottle or heating pad

5. Old clothing (Castor oil will stain fabric)

6. A large plastic bag (kitchen or regular garbage bags works well)

7. Cling-wrap

8. A large towel


1. Put on your older clothing

2. Take a piece of flannel and place it in a bowl or glass container and pour just sufficient castor oil to wet it. Make sure it is saturated. It should not be so wet that the oil drips off.

3. Get your hot water bottle or heating pad ready.

4. Place a towel on a flat surface (either on a couch, bed, or floor) and for added protection, you may want to put down a garbage bag so that the bed or couch does not get stained from any oil which manages to escape from the plastic cover. Fold the flannel into 3 layers to create a thick wad of fabric and set it aside

5. Turn the electric heating pad to a low medium or high setting, how hot depends on your own personal preference or you can simply fill a hot water bottle with medium to hot water.

6. Next. pour a cup of Castor Oil onto the pad, remember, it should be wet but not dripping wet.

Place the pack on the heating bag or water bottle and allow the poultice to warm for ten minutes. Test the temperature before putting the pack onto the body.

7. Once you are laying in a comfortable position and have the saturated flannel in position, hold over the affected area of your body, cover with cling wrap

8. Remain on the bed or for 45 minutes, relax, read or listen to some of some of your favorite music while you wait for the castor oil to do its magic.

9. Clean off the oil using Baking Soda and warm water.

Castor Oil and Thick Pure Cotton Toweling, Cloths and Hot Water Bottle

Hot Water Bottle, Castor Oil and Thick Cotton Toweling
Hot Water Bottle, Castor Oil and Thick Cotton Toweling | Source

Where does Castor Oil Originate From?

The origins and the benefits of castor oil have been widely researched and it is used worldwide for a number of ailments and remedies.

What is and where does Castor Oil originate from:-

It has its origins in India and Africa and is made from the crushed seeds of the Castor Oil Plant (Euphorbiaceae). It is a species of the flowering plant which comes from the Spurge family. Total production of castor oil is around a million tons each year. India produces nearly three-quarters of the global yield and is closely followed by China. It is also widely grown in Ethiopia.

The seed is made up of about 60% of oil which is rich in triglycerides, mainly ricinolein. It is the source of Rican which is toxic and is also the origin of the nerve agent Rican. This comes from the waste part of the plant after the oil has been extracted from the seed. These toxins are present in much lower concentrations throughout the rest of the plant.

A spoon full of Castor Oil
A spoon full of Castor Oil | Source

What can Castor Oil be used for?

Castor oil is one of the most ancient oils which is known for its powerful therapeutic properties. It is derived from the beans of the castor plant (Ricinus communis) which is grown tropical regions. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and also anti-bacterial properties and has been used for centuries all around the world. The benefits of castor oil are derived from its high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids. It contains Vitamin E, proteins and minerals besides the antibacterial and antifungal properties which it has. Castor Oil is thick and viscous, which is why some may not enjoy using it. The benefits of using castor oil are many.

Castor oil is useful for the skin, hair health and beauty and is used in various cosmetics, soaps, textiles, massage oils, medicines and other everyday use products. Only a handful of natural products like Castor Oil which are known to fight so many different ailments.

Castor oil has been used as a remedy for various illnesses and can be consumed internally or applied externally to the skin. It is said to be an aid to strengthening the immune system and also various diseases such as:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hair loss
  • Pain from Arthritis and Rheumatism
  • Castor oil can also be used to cure everyday problems such as:-
  • Age spots
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Constipation
  • Dry Itchy Eyes
  • Gastrointestinal Problems
  • Gout
  • Hair loss, such as eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Ringworm
  • Skin Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Warts
  • Yeast Infections

Side Effects


Castor oil has not been known to produce any side effects when used externally however, if you wish to take it internally as, for example, to treat constipation, you should always take the right dosage and consult your Doctor before doing so. Always read the instructions on the label.

Better Known Uses for Castor Oil.

Now let us take a look at some of the better-known benefits of using Castor Oil:

1. Arthritis:

Due to its well known anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil can be used very effectively as a remedy for arthritis. It also acts as an excellent massage oil for joint pain, nerve inflammation, and sore muscles.


Massage your joints regularly using castor oil and follow this up with a warm compress which should provide immediate relief. Research supports this, so try not to dismiss this as an old wives tale!

2. It helps to treat mild surface tumors:

Research shows that castor oil can lead to an increase in the production of T-cells in the human body. Castor oil is recommended by the American psychic, Edgar Cayce to treat mild surface tumors.For this, the castor oil pack should be placed over the affected area and covered with a hot water bottle.


For this, the castor oil pack should be placed over the affected area and covered with a hot water bottle.

3. Constipation:

Studies have shown that castor oil can be very effective for treating constipation. It is a powerful laxative.


One teaspoon of castor oil in the morning can be diluted with orange juice or cranberry juice. This reduces the bitter and unpleasant taste of the oil, however, mixing with other types of juice may reduce the laxative effect of the oil.

4. Ringworm:

Ringworm is one of our most common and stubborn skin problems. It is common across all age groups. Castor oil contains an active compound called Undecylenic Acid which is an effective treatment for this fungal infection.


Dilute 2 teaspoons of castor oil in 4 teaspoons of coconut oil. Alternatively, you can wash castor oil leaves in water and soak them in coconut oil for few hours, and then heat gently.

Apply over the affected area to the underneath parts of your feet and cover with a cotton cloth.

For best results use at night and repeat the procedure until the ringworm is cured.

5. Skin problems:

Castor oil can be very effective for treating all skin problems, these include, sunburn, acne, dry skin and stretch marks. It can help to eradicate skin infections such as warts, boils, athlete’s foot and chronic itching.


Apply Castor oil to the affected areas. Use daily in the morning and the evening.

For larger skin areas, dip a cloth in the oil and wrap it around the affected area.

6. Wrinkles and fine lines:

Castor oil can penetrate deep into the skin and stimulate the production of Collagen and Elastin, which helps to soften and hydrate the skin. It can delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Castor oil rejuvenates and repairs the skin, helping to make it smooth, soft and youthful. It can also be used for treating fine lines around the eyes.


Apply castor oil to the face at night before going to bed to help with fine lines and wrinkles on the face.

7. Acne:-

Castor oil is rich in Ricinoleic acid, which helps to fight off the acne-causing bacteria. It effectively penetrates the skin layers, making it an excellent remedy for acne.


Begin by washing the face with warm water as this helps to open up the pores and then massage the face with the castor oil just before going to bed at night. Rinse the oil off the following morning.

8. Use as a Moisturizer:

Castor oil is well-known for its moisturizing properties as it has a high concentration of fatty acids in it. These fatty acids penetrate the skin easily, helping to remove dry patches which can restore hydration to your skin. Only a small amount of castor oil is required for this purpose. If you are looking for an inexpensive and natural moisturizer for your skin, this is it!


Apply a few drops and massage on your skin at night and wake up to supple and revitalized skin in the morning.

9. Helps to fade scars:

No one likes scars, particularly when they are on the face. Castor oil used on skin can be used to help reduce the appearance of lines and scars. It is not a quick fix but with regular use, it can produce good results. The fatty acids present in castor oil penetrate deep into the scar tissue and plump it out and help healthy tissues around it to grow., giving a reduced look to the scar.

10. Helps to thicken eyebrows:

Castor oil helps to thicken eyebrows and eyelashes. It also helps prevents thinning of eyebrows and stimulates rapid growth of hair and helps with hair loss. It has an unusual chemical composition which stops eyebrows and eyelashes from breaking.


Rub castor oil over your lashes and brows. Do this before going to bed and repeat this procedure every night for best results or alternatively, each eyebrow gently with castor oil for a few of minutes and leave it the Castor oil on for half an hour. Use lukewarm water and a mild cleanser to wash it off. This can be done to be done daily.

Castor oil for hair is one of the best solutions for hair problems!

Hair loss is a persistent and an ever-growing problem in today’s world. Castor oil can really work wonders with your hair. It is no wonder it is rated so highly as a treatment for hair-related problems.

Ricinoleic acid, which is a major component of castor oil, is known for its antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties. It helps to protect the scalp and hair from the infections which are responsible for hair loss. Omega 9 fatty acids are present in castor oil and help to nourish the hair and promote hair growth. When used regularly, castor oil can boost blood circulation to the hair follicles which leads to re-growth of the hair.


Massage the scalp and hair roots with castor oil. Leave on for at least an hour and then wash with shampoo. You only need a small amount.

12. Treatment of scalp infections for thinning hair or hair damage:

Scalp infections can be a major cause of hair loss and can be seen in both men and women. The Antifungal and antibacterial properties of castor oil can be used to effectively treat scalp infections. Castor Oil also helps to moisturize dry, flaky and itchy skin.

Castor oil is loaded with essential nutrients such as amino acids, omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Castor oil penetrates deep into the scalp, helping to smoothed out rough hair and reverse the signs of hair damage. In addition to these benefits, Castor helps to thicken thin hair.

Free your scalp of infections with Castor oil. In no time you will be flaunting shiny tresses without any hair damage. Used a regular basis you will soon enjoy the benefits and put an end to hair breakage, hair thinning and split ends which are common hair issues faced by so many of us

13. Hair Darkening:

Castor oil can be useful when you want to keep dark hair looking dark, especially if you have black hair. The Humectants properties of castor oil, combined with the nutrients it contains, help to lock in the hair moisture and make hair appear darker.


Take a pea-sized amount of castor oil and mix in with your usual hair conditioner or hair mousse. Apply evenly and distribute evenly throughout the whole of your hair.

14. Aids in removing corns:-

Due to the high content of fatty acids found in castor oil, it helps soften rough and thickened skin, including corns and calluses. Castor oil can be very effective at removing troublesome corns from your feet. Good results can be achieved from using this inexpensive product.


This treatment is to be done at night before bed.

How to remove corns and calluses:-

You will need castor oil, first aid tape, cotton balls and a pair of cotton socks.

Dip a cotton ball into castor oil. Let it absorb some oil and then squeeze out any excess oil and place the cotton ball over the corn on your feet. Secure with the first aid tape.

Put on a pair of cotton socks and keep on overnight.

Remove the cotton ball and the first aid tape the following morning and apply a fresh dressing for the next 2-6 nights.

15. Stretch Marks:-

Stretch marks are often caused by excessive weight gain and/ or pregnancy.


Rub castor oil over the stretch marks on your stomach and thighs. For best results, apply the castor oil on a regular basis.



Tips: It is recommended that you don’t use too much castor oil especially when applying it to the face. Too much can clog the pores. This can lead to skin irritations or breakouts. It is a highly concentrated and should be used sparingly.


Pregnant and lactating women should never consume castor oil; neither should those who suffer from intestinal blockages or appendicitis. Always consult your doctor prior to using internally.

For Information Only!

All material is provided for information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Readers should always consult with a medical Physician or a qualified Medical Practitioner on all matters relating to health and well-being. The author will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions in this article

© 2015 Sally Gulbrandsen


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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 weeks ago from Norfolk

      Thank you, I appreciate the feedback.

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      Shirley Urso-Farmer 2 weeks ago from Michigan

      Great article, thank you :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 5 months ago from Norfolk

      I am sure you can find it in a store or pharmacy near you. Best wishes,


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      Kari Poulsen 5 months ago from Ohio

      I never realized castor oil did so much! I'm in the US so maybe I can find it in a store. Thanks for the tips and explainations!! :)

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      Okoli Onyedika Joseph 7 months ago from Lagos

      Sure. U r welcomed. I love reading nice hubs.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 7 months ago from Norfolk

      Thank you, I appreciate your taking the time to comment.

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      Okoli Onyedika Joseph 7 months ago from Lagos

      Nice one. I love the way u highlighted d points. Good job. Here also i have in my hub my personal experience about constipation and how i got relieved using castor oil. Enjoy reading

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 19 months ago from Indore, India

      Your hubs will also help me improve my style and technique.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 19 months ago from Norfolk


      It is always good to have some positive feedback on this old remedy. In particular, I am glad you found it useful for dry eyes. Thank you for taking the time to comment, it is much appreciated.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 19 months ago from Indore, India

      I accidentally landed on your Hub, thanks to 'Hub moving' article. And I sure found your hub useful.

      Yes, castor oil has helped me in extreme dryness of eyes.

      I will now use it for my occasional gout and arthritis pain.

      I'll also tell my daughter, who stays in London, to read for her hair.

      Thank you.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 22 months ago from Norfolk


      I appreciate your taking the time to comment, thank you very much.

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      Richard Lindsay 22 months ago from California

      Great post, I have found castor oil to be good to keep on hand. It is good for a lot of different uses. It's one of those good alternative medicines for the bathroom cabinet.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      I never used that bottle I acquired but I think I would now, for a different use, for dry eyes, caused by the many hours spent on my computer writing Hubs. Oh yes, sometimes those memories have a way of re-surfacing:)

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Oh! this brings back memories! When I was 10, my mother was pregnant and the day she was due, her doctor told her to take a bottle of castor oil to speed up her delivery! She let me stay home that day and sure enough, my brother was born that afternoon. I never did follow those directions with any of my own 3 deliveries and I suspect the main purpose was to avoid an enema. Interesting Hub!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      I appreciate your taking the time to comment on this Hub. Thank you very much.


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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      This article has amazing information. Here I thought castor oil was some old fashioned remedy from my great grandparents' day. I will certainly keep some castor oil on hand from now on.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Yes you can, I have written another hub on using castor oil for dry eyes.

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      Jeevan 2 years ago

      Can we put castor oil in eye?

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      I think there is a lot of truth in your comment and I appreciate your taking the time to read this Hub.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Once in awhile I wonder if we were required to give up effective old time remedies in order to make the pharmaceutical companies rich.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      Thank you so much Devika. I am glad that you found this one interesting and informative. I appreciate the vote up, useful and interesting.


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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Sally I knew Castor oil is helpful for constipation and had no idea of all the other useful ways mentioned here. I learned lots from you about Castor oil.

      An excellent hub with all the facts. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      Hello Gus,

      Spot on, olive oil is great on salad greens, castor oil should be used internally with some discretion:) Thanks for stopping by to comment on this amazing Product.


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      Gustave Kilthau 2 years ago from USA

      Howdy Sally (sallybea on HubPages) - The castor bean produces an attractive and very large plant (with big, big leaves) and it pays to keep your critters away from those plants as they will eat the vegetation to their detriment. The problem is the water-soluble ricin in the plant - a very potent poison. It is also in the castor bean from whence castor oil is pressed; however, castor oil, being oil, does not contain the ricin poison because it is dissolved in water. Back when I was a kid, castor oil was medicinally used mostly as a potent laxative. Castor oil also has some mechanical lubrication uses, but it tends to oxidize quickly.

      For me, I'll put a little olive oil on the salad greens and leave the castor oil for the constipated.

      Gus :-)))

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello MsDora,

      I think that those days are long gone but there are so many other benefits which don't require ingesting that pale gold liquid. I hope you are in good spirits MsDora, you have been missed:)

      Best wishes,


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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Growing up in the Caribbean, we all got a dose of castor oil to "clean us out" before going back to school. Thank God, it does not seem that the habit has passed on. However, I as never aware of these many uses and benefits. Thank you, Sally.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Kristen Howe

      Glad you found this useful. I appreciate your stopping by to comment. Thanks for the vote up,


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sally, this is quite interesting to know about castor oil and its many benefits. Very helpful and useful to store for future knowledge. Voted up!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      B Leekley,

      Yes, you are correct, he most certainly did.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by to comment.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Edgar Cayce often recommended castor oil packs as part of the holistic treatment of a number of conditions.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      It is Amazing. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Amazing! All those uses!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      Hi, Dave, thank you, this one needed time to mature! I worked on it for about a year as I wanted to use the product myself before writing about it. I had a ringworm which conventional medicine did not heal and I was delighted to find that the Castor Oil worked a miracle. It did not take very long to disappear either. So glad you found this one interesting. I am definitely a fan of this old fashioned product and my sister swears by it for her dry itchy eyes and her husband for his gout.

      Thanks for the useful, share, tweet and google +

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Sally, what a fine informative well presented hub that is going to help a lot of people who have been looking for an alternative treatment for their problems. I was very impressed with your knowledge of the uses and how to apply the oil to various ailments. Great hub,voted hub,interesting and very useful. Shared on twitter and google+

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      It sounds to me as if your friend has a subconjunctival hemorrhage, that is, if his eye is blood red on the white part of his eye but if he is worried he should seek the advice of a doctor. There is usually no treatment for it though the redness should disappear after a while. Castor Oil can be used for dry itchy dry eyes. Perhaps him rubbing his eyes caused a bleed.

      My other article is called Castor Oil and Flax Oil for Dry Eyes. He should find this hub, by googling the title and HubPages.

      Thanks for your comment.


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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      We were outside when our next door neighbor stop by for a few minutes.

      One eye looked like it had taken a punch to the eye. When I mentioned it

      he said he had not look in the mirror and did not know his eye was red.

      But, he admitted to having allergies that caused him to have itchy eyes.

      When I mentioned the caster oil, he didn't think it was a good idea.

      I know his wife is always looking for homeopathic remedies as she does not do well taking medications. I am going to call her and tell her about the health benefits of caster oil.

      Sally, is there any way that she can be directed to your article so she can read your information?


      Super article!


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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Larry Rankin

      Thank you, I appreciate your stopping by to comment.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Castor oil is an effective and healthy substance...but the taste:-P

      Very well written article.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk


      Hi Kim,

      Definitely worth giving Castor Oil a try for dry and itchy eyes. My sister continues to use Castor Oil with a large degree of success.



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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina


      With allergy season come dry and itchy eyes. I have used eye drops, but I am certainly open to trying something organic. Great hub as always.



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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      We tend to forget the simple things which were the accepted practice in the 'old days'. Perhaps those 'old wives tales' had a lot more sense to them than fiction.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on this hub which has been about two years in the making, ever since my sister visited me and told me about the success her husband had when he used a Castor Oil Pack for his painful gout.

      Have a wonderful week Billy,


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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is slightly amazing, Sally. This was my mother's number one remedy when I was a kid. Little did I know she actually knew what she was doing. LOL It's also one of those things that have fallen by the wayside over the years. I don't remember the last time I took it. Great information, my friend. Thank you!